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THE SURVEYOR'S REPORT OF THE YEAR'S WORK. As may be seen from our report of the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn Urban District Council, the Surveyor (Mr William Jones, A.M.I.C.E.) was warmly complimented upon his Report of the Work Done in the District, for the period ending 31st March, 1896." The subjoined paragraphs are extracted from that Report As this is the first year after the conversion of our Local Authority into a District Council, I think that a report of the Work that has been carried out in the District during the past year would be of interest both to the Council and the Ratepayers in general. The area of the District is 5,260 acres, with a length of over 38 miles of roads, and a population, as given by the Registrar General in 1891, of 4,754, but I am convinced that the same at the present date cannot be less than 6,500 to 7,000 inhabitants. The most important feature of the year was the acquisition of the Foreshore, at most reason- able terms, from the Crown, in connexion with which two Local Goverment Inquiries were held, viz:—On the 13th August by Mr Bird Clarke, as to the borrowing of LI,200, the amount required for purchasing the freehold of the Foreshore, and on the 6th November last by Colonel Cooke, as to the borrowing of L12,000 for executing the Promenade Works, and it is gratifying to me to think that both these Inquiries passed off most satisfactorily, resulting in the fact that the Fore- shore is in our possession and the contract for carrying-out the Promenade Works is finally entered into and executed, and I can assure both the Council and the ratepayers that all speed and dispatch will be executed to get this most needed improvement completed as soon as possible. Further negotiations are pending with the Railway Company, for the acquisition of some of their interests in the Foreshore, and I think that this matter will soon be brought to a successful issue so that these improvements may still be extended. Another important step which the Council deci- ded on was their decision to apply to the Board of Trade under the Electric Lighting Act 1882 and 1S88, for the powers of supplying electricity for Street Lighting and other purposes for both public and private uses. These powers are now secured, and may ultimately prove a great boon to the District. The question of providing an Insolation Hospi- tal, has occupied a considerable portion of the Council's time, and, although nothing final has has been decided upon, still I feel sure that this will now soon be settled with satisfaction to all concerned. It will be evident to all, that our District still retains its rapid rate of development,and that, of necessity, the work of the Council both in the Offices and outside must increase, and it would be just as well to enumerate some of these. During this period, the Council have approved of building plans for the following, viz. :-153 dwelling-houses; 27 other buildings, including a Chapel, 2 Church Mission-Rooms, and a School; 11 alterations or additions to existing buildings 5 new streets total number approved, 196. And I have to point out that, during the period under question, a much more vigilant supervision was exercised over all new buildings than has hitherto been done, and a lot of time is now expended in the examination and seeing to the soundness of the drainage of all new buildings. Of course the Council can clearly see that this would not have been possible, owing to the increased work of other departments, except they had seen the advisability of putting on an Assis- tant Inspector, and I have no hesitation in saying that they will fully derive the benefit of their action and there is not the least doubt that this course will tend to raise the standard of this place as a health resort. There were drawn out in the Office during the year, 157 original plans and drawings which were traced, and copies supplied for the different purposes and requirements of the Council, and in many cases second tracings were made. The Council entered into 24 contracts for works and materials required during this period, and in each of these it necessitated specifications and other particulars being drawn out and copies made and supplied, besides the time devoted to the supervision of the carrying out of these contracts. In concluding the account of the work of the Sanitary Department, I have ventured to include in my report an extract from the Report of Dr Bruce Lowe, an Inspector of the Local Govern- ment Board who made a surprise visit of inspection to this District, and reported to the Local Government Board as follows:— "The Sanitary Inspector is Mr William Jones, who holds the Certificate of the Sanitary Institute. He has a thorough knowledge of his duties, and is zealous in their discharge. The Council has done some good work; and as Colwyn Bay is a well-known health resort, they are anxious to comply with the requirements of the visitors." WATER SUPPLY. The Council have not the remotest idea of the anxious time that I have experienced in connexion with this department of my duties, and the time and trouble which has been taken to keep up a supply of water in the Disrict, and many a night was I out last winter so as to satisty myself that we would be sure of a supply the following day, and, had it not been for the Groes Pump, which materially augmented the supply for more than six months of the year, a water famine would undoubtedly have occurred last Season; not a drop of water reached the high levels of the District except through the means of the pump during the whole of that time. The District also sufferedjgreatly from the most exceptional and severe frost of the winter of last year (February and March, 1895). Several of the branch-mains became frozen-up, and over 157 private services were stopped up from the same cause, but, with a free distribution of water with carts) and the putting-up of the stand-pipes at stated times and positions, the inconvenience then existing was greatly reduced. During the period under notice the Reservoirs at Rhiw were cleaned out twice, and the Reser- voirs at Groes four times, so that the Council can see that all precautions to secure wholesome water for the District were taken and a great deal of extra time given to this department. 624 yards of old mains were taken up and substituted with new and larger mains another effective step was the abandoning of the old and defective 3-inch main, which had been laid on the North side of the Conway Road by the old Com- pany, and to which the mains supplying Pwlly- crochan Avenue, Marine Road, Mostyn Road, Wynnstay Road, and Hawarden Road, and a

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